"Romeo and Juliet" Vocabulary from Act 2

Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is the classic story of love in the midst of hate, and whether that love is strong enough and wise enough to survive what surrounds it (etext found here).

Learn these word lists for each act of the tragedy: Act 1, Act 2, Act 3, Act 4, and Act 5.

Activities for this list:

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  1. beloved
    dearly loved
    Now Romeo is beloved and loves again,
    Alike betwitched by the charm of looks
  2. conjure
    summon into action or bring into existence
    Nay, I'll conjure too.
    Romeo! humours! madman! passion! lover!
    Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh
  3. likeness
    similarity in appearance or nature between persons or things
    Appear thou in the likeness of a sigh
  4. jest
    tell a joke; speak humorously
    He jests at scars that never felt a wound.
  5. yonder
    distant but within sight
    What light through yonder window breaks?
  6. envious
    painfully desirous of another's advantages
    Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
    Who is already sick and pale with grief,
    That thou her maid art far more fair than she
  7. deny
    refuse to recognize or acknowledge
    Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
  8. counsel
    something that provides direction or advice
    What man art thou that thus bescreen'd in night
    So stumblest on my counsel
  9. dwell
    come back to
    Fain would I dwell on form, fain, fain deny
    What I have spoke
  10. prove
    be shown or be found to be
    Yet if thou swear'st,
    Thou mayst prove fals
  11. cease
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense
    Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be
    Ere one can say 'It lightens.'
  12. purpose
    what something is used for
    Wouldst thou withdraw it? for what purpose, love?
  13. hoarse
    deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness
    Bondage is hoarse, and may not speak aloud
  14. grave
    a place for the burial of a corpse
    What is her burying grave that is her womb!
  15. virtue
    a particular moral excellence
    Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied.
  16. stumble
    miss a step and fall or nearly fall
    Nor aught so good but strain'd from that fair use
    Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse
  17. vice
    moral weakness
    Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied.
  18. woe
    misery resulting from affliction
    I have forgot that name, and that name's woe.
  19. chide
    censure severely or angrily
    Thou chid'st me oft for loving Rosaline.
  20. courtesy
    a considerate and respectful manner
    Pardon, good Mercutio, my business was great; and in
    such a case as mine a man may strain courtesy.
    Watch out for those puns -- Mercutio plays with "courtesy" and "curtsy" over the next few lines.
  21. stretch
    occupy a large, elongated area
    O here's a wit of cheveril, that stretches from an
    inch narrow to an ell broad!
  22. mar
    render imperfect
    One, gentlewoman, that God hath made for himself to
  23. knave
    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    And thou must stand by
    too, and suffer every knave to use me at his pleasure?
  24. commend
    present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
    Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress.
  25. protest
    affirm or avow formally or solemnly
    Nurse, commend me to thy lady and mistress. I
    protest unto thee.
    Note that the nurse interrupts -- she thinks that Romeo means 'propose.'
  26. swift
    moving very fast
    Had she affections and warm youthful blood,
    She would be as swift in motion as a ball.
  27. jaunt
    a journey taken for pleasure
    Fie, how my bones ache! what a jaunt have I had
    Note: The nurse is either being ironic here, or she doesn't know what "jaunt" means -- she hasn't been travelling for pleasure!
  28. cell
    small room in which a monk or nun lives
    Then hie you hence to Friar Laurence' cell;

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